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A New Way To Labor

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You may be surprised to know that there are many methods and techniques to labor and childbirth, some of which you may have never heard of. One of these techniques is called "HypnoBirthing." It may sound a bit bizarre at first, but it is actually a philosophy of childbirth with roots that go back thousands of years. Let's face it, not all women had the choice of stadol, nubain, and epidurals, nor do many women want drug interventions or a medically managed birth experience. There was a time when women had to learn to "manage" their pain, and work with labor and childbirth, instead of fighting it. This is the philosophy behind HypnoBirthing.

In a nutshell, those that practice the philosophy and technique of HypnoBirthing believe that in the absence of fear and tension, severe pain does not have to be a part of labor. The belief is that, when you and your body are completely relaxed, the muscles that are used in childbirth will work in perfect harmony, as they were intended. By allowing yourself to learn how to attain this level of relaxation, believers claim that your natural birthing instincts will take over, and permit a calm, serene and comfortable birthing experience. It is said that when you are in the relaxed "state," you are not in a trace nor hypnotized. Rather, you are in a type of daydreaming daze, as if you were staring at a fire, running water, or what ever else can get you "there." Sounds wonderful, does it not?

Courses are offered for both the pregnant woman, and her birthing partner. Through the use of instructional video, audiotapes, and printed information, a woman may be able to have a birth unlike any she has experienced before, or been told to expect. A woman is able to take control of labor and delivery, without experiencing pain and discomfort, so often attributed to the tension and stress of the event itself. There are options, should you be unwilling or unable to attend a course.

Do not hesitate to contact an instructor in your area, and see what HypnoBirthing has to offer you. You may be surprised to know that there are many women in your area who are interested in sharing their experiences with others considering this technique.

There was an accredited HypnoBirthing Class located here in Salem, MA at our local hospital (I am not sure if they are still offering it many years later). HypnoBirthing classes may be a bit costly, but your health insurance may be able reimburse the cost of this course upon completion.

I was able to attend this class with an expectant couple that were my homebirth clients and although I felt it was more than a bit oriented towards a hospital delivery (discussed hospital procedures and drug options), my clients with a planned homebirth still received helpful information that did help them with managing their labor experience. I would recommend this option for couples planning a homebirth and for couples wanting a non-medicated, non-interventive birth experience. If you take this course through a hospital, you may have to ignore any information pertaining to hospital procedures and interventions. But overall, it was a good class.

I learned self-hypnosis back in the early 1980's from my college psychology professor as a means of focusing, relaxing, and working through a toxic relationship with my soon-to-be ex-husband. I used this type of technique for the birth of my last baby born at home. I was amazed at how well it worked for me. Hypnobirthing is a form of self-hypnosis when taught and performed properly and can prove to be a benefit for those women capable of producing a self-hypnotic, very relaxed state of consciousness. It is best performed in a quiet space with subdued lighting and little outside stimulus or interference. Soft meditative music is okay and helps some women. This can be difficult in a noisy, busy hospital setting when being poked and probed regularly. Soft music used with headphones may help in this type of setting to block out interferences. The focused relaxation allows the body to flow with the labor, opening up while reducing pain and allowing the body to do what it needs to do without tension and anxiety that result in more pain discomfort.

If you are interested in more information regarding HypnoBirthing or simply using self-hypnosis for labor management, check out the following links:

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HypnoBirthing: Taking The Birthing World by Calm by Kathryn McGlynn
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